RAGDOLL - BACK TO ZERO
Review by Sloof
Aussie Rock music is often very mature and influenced by Rock giants, and most of the time, they are capable to give their own material a very specified vibe and twist. Fits perfectly for this Ragdoll band, as they are a Hard Rock power trio that can take a leading position in the music scene down under.
The Perth pub covers scene can be considered as responsible as all members could be found on a regular base in those locations. And that’s how it goes, you enter a pub, you meet likeminded people and musicians and on a beautiful day, a new band is born.
Ragdoll recorded a few EP’s, but after a much needed break from touring at the start of 2015, the members decided that the time was right to start recording a first full length album. As a preview, they released a first single ‘Rewind Your Mind’ and this one received critical acclaim all over Australia and beyond. On this debut album “Back To Zero”, we hear influences from over 40 years of rock music into sharp focus.
They name their music Hair Grunge, and although this term is totally new to me, I do have to agree. The trio is able to write consistent songs, with a very professional and high skilled drive, and if you aren’t into the songs of Ragdoll, you better check for another hobby. Perhaps it’s a little narrow minded to say that the band is in the Aerosmith style (‘Dreaming Out Loud’) in competition with Bon Jovi (‘Love On The Run’).
This is music that you will love to listen to, and again I have to advise radio stations all over the globe to give this band a try! I’m sure that many people are longing for musical entertainment like Ragdoll brings! Parental advisory for Metal Heads: this is a Hard Rock band, but guitar player Leon Todd knows how to pull the strings, on occasional base. Check out their FB at: https://www.facebook.com/ragdollrock/
My rating: 86 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish